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Stephanie Mills

Born 22nd March, 1957, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Mills found fame when aged just nine, winning an influential talent show at Harlern's famous Apollo Theatre for six weeks running. Soon afterwards, she appeared on Broadway in the play Maggie Flynn.

She toured with the Isley Brothers, and in 1973, recorded her debut, 'Movin' In The Right Direction', for the Paramount label. Her debut single - 'I Knew It Was Love'- was issued in 1974.

Already an established performer, Mills was still in her teens when, in 1975, she was offered the part of Dorothy in the stage show The Wiz - the all-black reworking of The Wizard Of Oz.

It was a role she retained for several years, and she had hoped to continue it in the film version, until Diana Ross usurped her position. During her run in the show, Mills was recommended to Motown's Berry Gordy by Jermaine Jackson and recorded an album for the label.

'For The First Time' was written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Motown chose not to continue its association with Mills, and she signed to 20th Century for three albums, the second of which spawned the huge worldwide hit 'Never Knew Love Like This' in 1980.

That same year, Mills married Jeffrey Daniels of Shalamar, though the marriage was short-lived. After working with Teddy Pendergrass in 1981, and charting with the duct 'Two Hearts', Mills signed a new contract with Casablanca, and in 1983, received her own daytime television show on NBC.

She reclaimed her role as Dorothy in a revival of The Wiz and had a further hit with 'The Medicine Song' from 'I've Got The Cure'. This album was produced by David 'Hawk' Wolinski, formerly with the group Rufus.

In 1985 she moved to MCA, where she enjoyed further hits including 'Stand Back' and 'Comfort Of A Man'.

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